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Posts by Alique Topalian PhD, MPH

Survivor, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Alique Topalian PhD, MPH was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in 1998 at the age of 4 years old. She went into remission with the use of experimental chemotherapy overcoming her side effects as she grew older. Alique went on to complete her Master of Public Health and then her PhD in Health Promotion and Education with a research focus on mental and behavioral health and psychosocial support services. Exactly one year after her dissertation defense Alique was diagnosed, again, with AML. The first person to relapse after 22 years in remission. She is currently in remission and hopes to use her education, research background,
and lived experience to support and improve the experience of other AYAs just like her.

My Path into the Cancer Field

by Alique Topalian PhD, MPH August 19, 2022

I was seven years old the first time I told my mom I wanted to grow up to be a “talking doctor.” If that does not scream childhood cancer survivor, I am not sure what does. I grew up knowing that I wanted to help others like myself, who faced cancer head-on and made it out on the other side. My family helped to found the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry because so many Armenians had registered to see if they were a match during my first diagnosis with AML.


Dear Cancer, You Stick to Me Like Glue

by Alique Topalian PhD, MPH June 28, 2022

Dear Cancer,

My word, you really are a tricky little one. I don’t remember a life before you or without you. You seem to love to stick to me like glue. First popping out your dirty little head in 1998 when I was only four, taking my eye and my trust in my own body.


New Year, New Me…

by Alique Topalian PhD, MPH January 4, 2022

New year, new me… I have always absolutely hated that saying. However, this year I literally am a “new me.” Most of my cells have been killed and replaced to generate a “new me.” Living most of six months in the hospital for intensive chemotherapy has formed a “new me.”